Postecoglou hails Oar-some impact

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has heaped praise on Tommy Oar after his match-winning goal as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan.

Australia opened its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with an unconvincing victory against the Central Asians in Bishkek.

Oar came off the bench to score Australia’s second goal on 67 minutes to ease the tension as Kyrgyzstan got on top with their adventure, cheered on by a parochial home crowd.


“I thought Tommy Oar, when he came on, was really good for us,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports after the game.

“He was really bright, he went at them which was probably what we were missing in the first half.

“He scored a good goal, full credit to him.”

The 23-year-old winger’s future is unclear, having opted to leave Utrecht at the end of the Eredivisie season, amid reports of interest from Dutch giants Ajax and a handful of Premier League clubs.

Oar isn’t alone with a number of Socceroos needing to resolve their club futures this off-season, along with Jason Davidson, Tomi Juric and James Troisi.

Australia are not in action in qualifying until September, when they host Bangladesh in Perth and Postecoglou hoped they could find new clubs by then.

“It’s no rush. As long as they make good decisions,” Postecoglou said.

“Come September hopefully they’ve all got their futures sorted out and most importantly they make good decisions on where they’ll play and give us the best chance in the two September games to perform strongly.”

Oar said Postecoglou had informed him to bring energy upon his substitution and he delivered with his impressive display which will have European clubs taking note.

“Hopefully things will sort themselves out sooner rather than later but it never hurts to score a goal," Oar said.